Housing and Board Requirements

2020-2021 Update

Per the College’s announcement to students and families, and due to space limitations, the residence halls will only house first-year and visiting international students. In an effort to promote social distancing efforts, the residence halls have been de-densified. Each student will have their own private room/bedroom but be charged the double room rate. The living-learning houses will be held offline for quarantine and isolation space. Please note that statements that appear throughout the website regarding the housing requirement or a building’s total occupancy and demographics may not necessarily be accurate this year due to the unprecedented circumstances.

Policy

Kalamazoo College affirms the educational benefits inherent in the residential undergraduate experience. Residential living is supportive of one’s academic preparation and plays an integral role in one’s experiential education, providing rich opportunities for involvement and development. Therefore, Kalamazoo College requires all students to reside within the College’s residential system and board at the College’s dining center through their sophomore year.

To be eligible for campus housing, students must be enrolled full-time (at least two units) for the term of residence, and be at least 16 years of age at the time campus residency begins. Students under the age of 16 are not eligible to live in on-campus housing.

Kalamazoo College’s Section 504 Coordinator and the Office of Disability Services will work with students who have special needs when making housing assignments. The College will provide accessible housing to students with disabilities. You may contact the College’s Section 504 Coordinator or the Office of Disability Services at 269.337.7209.

Policy Interpretation

First-years

All first-years and visiting international students must live in the College’s residential system and board at the College’s dining center. Exceptions are made for those who:

  • are married
  • have children
  • are 23 years of age or older
  • are under the age of 16

Sophomores

All sophomores must live in the College’s residential system and board at the College’s dining center. Exceptions are made for those who:

  • are married
  • have children
  • are 23 years of age or older
  • are under the age of 16
  • commute from a local primary residence of a parent or guardian (within 30 minutes or 30 miles of the College)
  • are released by the College’s Petition Committee

Exceptions specific to the board plan only are made for:

  • residents of Living Learning Housing Units, all of which provide a full kitchen
  • those released by the College’s Petition Committee

Transfers

Transfers are treated per their student classification. However, those who submit a housing application for Fall after the deadline are not guaranteed housing. Mid-year transfers will be housed on a space-available basis.

Juniors and Seniors

Juniors and seniors are not required to live on campus and will be housed on a space-available basis only. Given recent enrollment trends, on-campus housing for juniors and seniors will continue to be very limited. The same requirements regarding carrying a board plan as those listed above will apply.